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RER Train from Paris to Roissy-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport

By | January 21, 2014 | in Airport Charles de Gaulle (CDG) RER RER B

This article explains how to travel from Central Paris to CDG Airport by city train (RER B). For instructions in the opposite direction see Airport CDG to Paris by Train. There are also picture guides of the Terminal 1 train station or Terminal 2 train station at Airport Charles de Gaulle.

Overview

Line => RER B (Blue)

Direction => Aéroport Charles de Gaulle / Mitry – Claye

Arrival Station => Aéroport CDG 1, Aéroport CDG 2 TGV

Cost => 9,75€ (as of January 2014, Zone 1 -> Zone 5)

Passes Accepted => Pass Navigo(5+ Zone), Paris Visite (5 Zone)

Schedule – First Train / Last Train from Paris => 04:56 / 22:44 (M-F, station Gare du Nord. 00:14 Sat/Sun/holidays. See complete first/last train schedule link at bottom for more.)

Details

The cheapest and fastest transportation to Airport Roissy-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) from central Paris, is the suburban train line RER B (blue line on RER maps) at a cost of 9,75€, one way, requiring roughly 40 minutes.

Within Paris the RER B line travels from south to north, stopping at Denfert-Rocherau, up past the Luxembourg Gardens (station name: Luxembourg), St. Michel/Nôtre Dame, Châtelet Les Halles, Gare du Nord, then continues north east, making up to 9 more stops on its way to CDG Terminal 1 and 2.

The first train from Paris Gare du Nord to Airport Charles de Gaulle (CDG) leaves at 4:56am, arriving at Terminal 1 at 5:28am, Terminal 2 at 5:30am. The last train at night from Paris Gare du Nord to CDG leaves at 12:14am (past midnight) arriving at Terminal 1 at 12:47am, Terminal 2 at 12:49am. This train schedule is in effect Monday to Sunday, including holidays (every day).

Note that not all RER B line trains stop at Charles de Gaulle airport. The easiest way to determine whether the next RER B train arriving at a station goes to CDG is to look at the RER overhead station stop panels on the train platform.

If a light is lit next to “Aéroport Ch. de Gaulle 1″ or “Aeroport Ch. de Gaulle 2 – TGV”, the next train will stop at CDG airport. You’ll also be able to tell how many stops the next train will make between Paris and the Airport by counting the number of stations in between Gare du Nord (the last Parisian station) and the airport stations, Terminals 1 and 2. Obviously, the train making zero stops in between Gare du Nord and the airport will be a bit quicker, usually by about 12 minutes.

Another way to tell if the next train is going to the airport is to look at its four letter “name” and whether it starts with the letter “E”, which is marked on overhead television monitors, as well as on the front of the train. All trains with names that start with E will stop at Charles de Gaulle, for example: EKLI. If a bunch of other travelers are getting on with suitcases and look like the traveling type… more than likely you’re on the right train.

When arriving at CDG the train will make stops at both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. For those getting off the train at Terminal 1, you’re in fact arriving at Terminal 3 and you’ll have to take a shuttle tram called CDGVAL to Terminal 1. Remember to take note of which side of the CDGVAL tram line to get on, as Terminal 3 is actually in between Terminals 1 and 2, so you have to pick the correct direction to go. There should be floor standing signs on the overhead walkway above the tramline to help you make your choice.

If you’re looking for the departures level, you’ll need to head to the escalators or elevators and make your way up a floor.

Bon voyage.

Links

RER Map (PDF)

RER B Train Schedule

First & last trains timetable for Paris Metro and RER A / RER B trains.

Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to Paris by Train

This is an overview of how to travel from CDG Airport to Central Paris by city train (RER B). For instructions in the opposite direction see Paris to Airport CDG by Train.

For step-by-step photo instructions see Terminal 2 to Paris by train or Terminal 1 to Paris by train.

CDG to Paris Overview

Line => RER B (Blue)

Direction => Paris (Robinson, Antony, St-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse)

Arrival Stations => Gare du Nord, Châtelet les Halles, St Michel/Nôtre Dame, Luxembourg, Port Royal, Denfert-Rochereau, Cité Universitaire

Ticket => “Billet Ile-de-France” Aéroport CDG – Paris (Zone 5 -> Zone 1)

Cost => 9,75€ (full fare, as of January 2014) / 6,85€ (children 4 – 9) / free (children under 4)

Passes Accepted => Paris Visite, Passe Navigo (Découverte)

First Train / Last RER B Train CDG to Paris => 04:56 / 23:50 (Last trains at 22:59 M-F until April 18 2014. See below for details.)

Photo Guides: Terminal 1 to Paris, Terminal 2 to Paris

 

Details

About the RER B Train

The quickest & least expensive way to get to Paris from Roissy-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport is by taking the RER B suburban city train leaving from either CDG Terminal 2 or Terminal 3/Roissypole.

The RER B train line runs north-south through the centre of Paris, stopping at Gare du Nord, the London to Paris Eurostar station, then at Châtelet Les Halles the “super” exchange station with 4 metro lines and 3 RER lines available, then Saint Michel/Nôtre Dame, Luxembourg, Port Royal, Denfert-Rochereau, Cité Universitaire, and continues south towards Orly Airport (requiring a transfer onto the OrlyVal metro at station Antony).

The two train stations at Charles de Gaulle Airport are named “Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1” and “Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 – TGV“, the first being located near Terminal 3 in the Roissypole building and the second located between Terminal 2E and 2C. (A map of CDG airport is provided below).

The first train leaving Charles de Gaulle Airport towards Paris departs at 4:56am from Terminal 2, stops at “Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1” station two minutes later, and then reaches Gare du Nord in Paris at 5:26am.

The last RER B train leaving airport CDG for Paris departs at 11:56pm just before midnight (update: see warning below), arriving at Paris Gare du Nord at 12:26am. This train schedule from CDG to Paris is the same every day of the week, including holidays.  (For a complete timetable, see the schedule of RER B trains).

*** Warning! Construction along the RER B train line until April 18 2014 is affecting late evening trains leaving CDG Airport to Paris.  From January 13, 2014 to Jan. 17 and Jan. 27-31, Feb 10-14, Feb 17-21, Mar 31-Apr 4, Apr 14-18, 10:59pm is the last direct train leaving CDG Airport for Paris, Monday to Friday (Saturday, Sunday, holiday trains are unaffected). Travelers attempting to take the RER B train on these days (or in the evenings mentioned above) will be directed to take the CDGVal airport terminal train to Roissypole/Terminal 1 RER train station and then take a shuttle bus to La Plaine Stade de France station where the RER B train is operating as usual to Paris.

For normal first and last train times see this timetable of first/last Paris Metro and RER A and RER B trains.

Getting to the Train Station

For step-by-step photo based instructions see either CDG Terminal 1 to Paris Photo Guide or CDG Terminal 2 to Paris Photo Guide.

If you’re landing at Terminal 1 you’ll have to take a shuttle train called CDGVAL to Terminal 3/Roissypole in order to catch the RER train.  The name of this station is “Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1“. Don’t mistake the “1″ in the name as meaning “Terminal 1″, it doesn’t, it’s simply the first of the two train stations at CDG Airport.  Just follow the signs for the CDGVAL tram within Terminal 1.

To make things more confusing, Terminal 3 is located between Terminals 1 and 2, so traveling from west to east across terminals you’ll hit Terminal 1, then 3, then 2. Keep in mind that the CDGVAL tram stops at parking stations in between Terminals 1 and 3 (Parc P-r), and Terminals 3 and 2 (Park P-x), so don’t get off CDGVAL too early. There will be voice announcements at each stop in French and English to help guide you.

Map CDG Airport

Map of (CDG) Charles de Gaulle Airport (PDF – Courtesy of ADP)

If you’re landing at Terminal 2, keep in mind that there are 7 sub-terminals and you must make your way to the train station which is located between sub-terminals 2E and 2F.  There will be numerous signs through the terminals pointing towards the Paris RER train.

Buying Train Tickets

At either the Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1 train station, a large open concrete atrium, or Terminal 2 train station, a white, triple level, escalator extravaganza, you’ll find plenty of ticket vending machines. Be sure to use the Billetterie Ile-de-France blue box machines and not the yellow SNCF TGV vending machines, as only the blue box machines sell tickets for the RER B line that you’re after.

Ticket Vending Machines at Roissypole CDG train station

Even more important to note is that American and most other non-European credit cards (without smart chips and without 4 digit pin numbers) will not work with these machines. At the CDG 1 station there is a large ticket window with 3 SNCF employees that will be selling individual tickets for the RER. At Terminal 2 there is a dark glass paned room on the bottom floor, off to one side that will be selling RER tickets and SNCF/TGV tickets. If you’re facing this glass room, the entry on the left will be for RER tickets to Paris. The entry on the right is only for tickets to other cities. Almost always there will be at least one ticket seller that speaks English and it will be noted by a little British flag on the corner of his or her window. Either way, you’re looking to buy a ticket for “Paris Aller-Simple” [Pear-Ee Alleh-Som-pleh] which is a one way ticket. The price should be roughly €9,75 for adult tickets and €6,85 for children (9 and under) RER B train tickets to Paris.

Boarding the Train

For Aéroport CDG 1 station it should be pretty obvious where the platform is as you can see it from the ticket machine areas and you’ll see turnstiles with green lights on them. Terminal 2 is not much worse: simply follow the signs that say “Trains to Paris”. It’ll be quite difficult to miss and all trains from these platforms travel to Paris. You can view the television screens while on the platform to see all the stops the train will make. The stops should include Gare du Nord, Châtelet les Halles, St. Michel-Nôtre Dame, Luxembourg, and others. The four mentioned here are the ones that the majority of travelers will be looking for as they’re all in central Paris. Gare du Nord is best for those going to a hotel near Sacré Coeur/Montmarte, Châtelet les Halles for those staying near the Louvre, St. Michel-Nôtre Dame is across the Seine (the Left Bank), and Luxembourg being near the Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Gardens).

For those extra keen travelers, there are “express” RER B trains that leave from both train stations. Simply look at the television screens on the platform and note how many stops are between CDG train stations and the four central Paris stations mentioned above. The express RER B train will go directly from Aéroport CDG 1 to Gare du Nord, without stopping at any stations in between. The regular train will make about 9 stops in between CDG Airport and Gare du Nord. You’ll save roughly 12 minutes by taking one of the express trains, but even the non-express RER B will get you to Paris (Gare du Nord) in about 34 minutes.

Enjoy your stay!

Useful Links

Disneyland Paris by RER Train

RER Map (PDF)

RER B Train Schedule Airport Charles de Gaulle (CDG) to Paris Gare du Nord

CDG Airport Terminal 1 to Paris

By | January 7, 2014 | in Airport Charles de Gaulle (CDG) RER RER B

Here are photo instructions on taking a train from Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) Terminal 1 to central Paris. Click on photos to see larger versions.  For train times, prices, maps and other details see the Overview CDG to Paris by Train article.

*** Warning! Construction along the RER B train line until April 18 2014 is affecting trains between CDG Airport and central Paris.  See the CDG to Paris by train overview article for details.

CDG Terminal 1 to Paris

If you’re arriving at CDG Terminal 1, you’ll first need to take the CDGVAL shuttle train to Terminal 3/Roissypole (center of map) to catch the RER B train to Paris.

Follow CDGVAL signs posted throughout Terminal 1 that will look like the following:

The CDGVAL shuttle train travels from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3/Roissypole then to Terminal 2 as shown on this line map:

While on the CDGVAL shuttle, keep in mind that:

  1. Terminal 3/Roissypole is the second stop which is before Terminal 2.
  2. The shuttle will stop at parking garage Pr before arriving at Terminal 3/Roissypole.

Upon arrival at Terminal 3/Roissypole, you will enter a large concrete atrium show here:

When exiting the CDGVAL stop at Terminal 3/Roissypole, turn to your right and walk towards a series of blue ticket vending machines and several ticket windows behind an overhead sign for RER B “Paris par train / Paris by train”:

From here you can purchase single train tickets for Paris from the blue vending machines (Billetterie Ile-de-France) for €8,40 one way. These tickets are known as “Billets Ile-de-France“.

Keep in mind that these vending machines do not sell pass cards Pass Navigo Decouverte / Paris Visite and only take coins or smart-chip enabled credit cards. If your credit card is from North America, most likely it will not have a smart-chip and will not work with these machines.

To purchase a Pass Navigo Decouverte or Paris Visit Card (public transportation passes) you must visit the ticket window immediately in front of these machines (off to the right side of the photo, not visible). If you already have a Pass Navigo / Pass Navigo Decouverte, you can recharge your card with Navigo Semaine from the blue Billetterie machines by inserting your pass into the purple Navigo slot and following the prompts.  Beware of the purchase restriction schedule on the Pass Navigo.

After purchasing your tickets or passes, you can verify when the next RER B train is scheduled to depart CDG by checking the overhead display screens. The display screen on the right shows RER B trains “To Paris” (“Vers Paris”).

RER B trains on this screen stop at all the Paris stations regardless of the name under the Destination column. The Destination names are the terminus stations for the several RER B train line branches and are used to specify the direction each train is traveling. A complete list of departure times from Terminal 1 RER B station towards Paris is available at the bottom of this article.

Insert (and then retrieve) your ticket or scan your pass at the turnstiles and descend onto the RER B train platform. Signs will note that “Tous les trains vont à Paris” (“All trains go to Paris”).

Once the train arrives, the train doors may not open automatically. Press the small metallic or rubberized button on the door to open the train doors.

Remember to keep your ticket or passes handy as “controllers” (“ticket checkers”) frequent these trains.

Travel time to the first major Paris station: Gare du Nord, is roughly 25 minutes. Stations served after that will be Chatelet Les Halles, St. Michel-Notre Dame, Luxembourg, Port Royal, Denfert Rochereau and Cité Universitaire.

If you need to transfer to a Paris Metro train or a different RER train to arrive at your final destination, you may use your ticket for making the transfer; You do not have to purchase another ticket for the Paris Metro or RER within Paris Zone 1. If you need to transfer to a bus or tram, you will need to purchase a new Ticket t+ as transfers from Metro/RER to buses/trams are not allowed.

Useful Links

CDG Airport Map

CDG to Euro Disney by TGV

The following train timetables show depature times of RER B trains leaving CDG Terminal 1 towards Paris.  (Ignore the second pages, which show Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 departure times).

RER B Train Schedule (departure times) CDG Terminal 1 to Paris Monday to Friday (except holidays)

RER B Train Schedule (departure times) CDG Terminal 1 to Paris Saturday, Sunday and holidays

First & last trains timetable for Paris Metro and RER A / RER B trains.

Paris depuis l’aéroport CDG par RER

Ceci est un aperçu de l’itinéraire pour se rendre au centre de Paris depuis l’aéroport CDG avec le RER B. Pour des instructions concernant la direction inverse voir Paris to Airport CDG by Train.

Pour des instructions pas-à-pas voir Terminal 2 à Paris par le RER ou Terminal 1 à Paris par le RER.

Aperçu CDG jusqu’à Paris

Ligne => RER B (Bleu)

Direction => Paris (Robinson, Antony, St-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse)

Stations d’arrivées => Gare du Nord, Châtelet les Halles, St Michel/Nôtre Dame, Luxembourg, Port Royal, Denfert-Rochereau, Cité Universitaire

Ticket => “Billet Ile-de-France” Aéroport CDG – Paris (Zone 5 -> Zone 1)

Coût => 9,75€ (plein tarif, tarif au 1er Janvier 2014) / 6,85€ (enfants entre 4 et 9 ans) / gratuit (enfants de moins de 4 ans)

Pass Acceptés => Paris Visite, Passe Navigo (Découverte)

Premier Train / Dernier Train CDG en direction de Paris => 04:56 / 23:56 (22:55 L-V jusqu’à juin 7, 2013)

Guides Photo: Terminal 1 à Paris, Terminal 2 à Paris

Détails

A propos du RER B

Le moyen le plus rapide et le moins cher de se rendre à Paris depuis l’Aéroport Roissy-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) est de prendre le RER B au départ des Terminal 2 et Terminal 3/Roissypole de CDG.

Le RER B traverse le centre de Paris du nord au sud, et s’arrête à Gare du Nord, la gare Eurostar Londres – Paris, puis à Châtelet Les Halles la “super” station de correspondance avec 4 lignes de métro et 3 lignes de RER, puis Saint Michel/Notre Dame, Luxembourg, Port Royal, Denfert-Rochereau, Cité Universitaire, et continue au sud vers l’Aéroport Orly (un changement à la station Antony pour le métro OrlyVal est nécessaire).

Les deux stations de l’Aéroport Charles de Gaulle sont nommées “Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1″ et “Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 – TGV”, la première étant située à proximité du Terminal 3 dans le bâtiment Roissypole et la seconde étant située entre le Terminal 2E et 2C. (Une carte de l’aéroport CDG est fournie ci-dessous).

Le premier train au départ de l’Aéroport Charles de Gaulle en direction de Paris part à 4:56 du Terminal 2, s’arrête à la station “Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1″ deux minutes plus tard, puis arrive ensuite à Gare du Nord à Paris à 5:26.

Le dernier RER B à partir de l’aéroport CDG en direction de Paris part à 23:56 (mise à jour: voir l’avertissement ci-dessous), et arrive à Paris Gare du Nord à 00:26. Les horaires des RER de CDG à Paris sont les mêmes tous les jours de la semaine, y compris durant les vacances. (Pour les horaires complets, voir les horaires du RER B).

*** Avertissement! Des travaux sont en cours sur la ligne du RER B, de 2010 à juin 7, 2013 et affectent les derniers trains en soirée au départ de l’aéroport CDG en direction de Paris. Le dernier train direct au départ de l’aéroport CDG en direction de Paris part à 22:55, du lundi au vendredi (les trains du samedi et du dimanche ne sont pas affectés). Les voyageurs essayant de prendre le RER B après cet horaire seront invités à prendre une navette à la station Aéroport CDG 1 jusqu’à la station Aulnay-sous-Bois où le RER B fonctionne normalement en direction de Paris.

Se rendre à la station

Pour des instructions pas-à-pas basées sur des photos voir Guide Photo CDG Terminal 1 direction Paris ou Guide Photo CDG Terminal 2 direction Paris Photo.

Si vous atterrissez au Terminal 1 vous devrez emprunter un train-navette nommé CDGVAL pour le Terminal 3/Roissypole afin de prendre le RER. Le nom de cette station est “Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1″. Ne pensez pas que le “1″ dans le nom signifie “Terminal 1″, car ce n’est pas le cas, il s’agit simplement de la première des deux stations de l’Aéroport CDG. Il vous suffit de suivre les indications pour le tram CDGVAL à l’intérieur du Terminal 1.

Pour rendre les choses plus confuses, le Terminal 3 est situé entre les Terminaux 1 et 2, donc en vous déplaçant d’ouest en est à travers les terminaux vous atteindrez le Terminal 1, puis le 3, et enfin le 2. Gardez à l’esprit que le tram CDGVAL s’arrête aux parkings entre les Terminaux 1 et 3 (Parc P-r), et Terminaux 3 et 2 (Park P-x), donc ne descendez pas trop tôt du CDGVAL. Des annonces vocales en anglais et en français sont faites à chaque arrêt pour vous guider.

Map CDG Airport

Plan de l’Aéroport Charles de Gaulle (CDG) (PDF: ADP)

Si vous atterrissez au Terminal 2, gardez à l’esprit qu’il y a 7 sous-terminaux et que vous devrez vous rendre à la station située entre les sous-terminaux 2E et 2F. Il y aura de nombreux signes à travers les terminaux indiquant le RER pour Paris.

Acheter les Tickets de RER

A la station Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1, un grand atrium ouvert en béton, ou à la station du Terminal 2, un impressionnant ensemble d’escalators blancs à trois niveaux, vous trouverez de nombreuses machines automatiques vendant des tickets. Assurez-vous d’utiliser les machines bleus Billetterie Ile-de-France et non les machines jaunes SNCF TGV , étant donné que seules les machines bleues vendent les tickets que vous recherchez pour le RER B.

Ticket Vending Machines at Roissypole CDG train station

Il est encore plus important de noter que la plupart des cartes de crédit américaines et non-européennes (sans les puces intelligentes et sans numéros à 4 chiffres) ne fonctionnera pas avec ces machines. A la station de CDG 1 il y a un grand guichet avec 3 employés SNCF qui vendent des billets individuels pour le RER. Au Terminal 2, il y a une salle en verre foncé à carreaux au niveau inférieur, dont un côté assure la vente des billets de RER et SNCF / TGV. Si vous êtes confronté à cette pièce de verre, l’entrée sur la gauche sera pour les billets RER à Paris. L’entrée sur la droite est uniquement pour les billets à destination d’autres villes. Il y a presque toujours au moins un vendeur de billet qui parle anglais et il sera signalé par un petit drapeau britannique dans le coin de sa fenêtre. De toute façon, vous cherchez à acheter un billet pour “Paris Aller-Simple» [Poire-Ee Alleh-Som-Pleh] qui est un billet aller simple. Le prix devrait être d’environ € 9,10 pour les billets adulte et € 6,40 pour les enfants (9 ans et moins) pour les billets RER B direction Paris.

Prendre le RER

Pour la station de l’Aéroport CDG 1 la direction devrait être assez évident étant donné que le quai est visible depuis la zone des machines automatiques et vous verrez des tourniquets avec des reflets verts. Le Terminal 2 n’est pas bien pire: il suffit de suivre les panneaux qui disent «Trains en direction de Paris”. Il serait assez difficile de les manquer et tous les trains à partir de ces quais sont en direction de Paris. Vous pouvez consulter les écrans situés sur le quai pour voir tous les arrêts du RER. Les arrêts devraient inclure la Gare du Nord, Châtelet les Halles, Saint-Michel-Notre Dame, Luxembourg, et autres. Les quatre cités ici sont ceux que la majorité des voyageurs rechercheront car ils sont tous au centre de Paris. Gare du Nord est la meilleure sortie pour ceux dont l’hôtel est situé près du Sacré Coeur / Montmartre, Châtelet les Halles pour ceux qui restent près du Louvre, Saint-Michel-Notre Dame est sur la Seine (rive gauche), et le Luxembourg est à proximité du Jardin du Luxembourg (Jardin du Luxembourg).

Pour les voyageurs qui en veulent plus, il y a des RER B «express» qui partent des deux stations. Il suffit de regarder les écrans sur le quai et de vérifier le nombre d’arrêts entre les stations de CDG et les quatre stations parisiennes centrales mentionnées ci-dessus. L’express RER B ira directement de l’Aéroport CDG 1 à Gare du Nord, sans s’arrêter à aucune station entre les deux. Le train régulier fera environ 9 arrêts entre l’aéroport CDG et Gare du Nord. Vous économiserez environ 12 minutes en prenant l’un des trains express, mais même les non-express RER B vous emmèneront à Paris (Gare du Nord) en environ 34 minutes.

Bon séjour !

Liens utiles

Disneyland Paris par le RER

Plan du RER (PDF)

RER B Train Horaires de l’Aéroport Charles de Gaulle (CDG) à Paris Gare du Nord

Horaires – Premiers et derniers trains du Métro et RER A RER B.